While Detroit has never had a lack of stores and vendors to shop at on summer weekends, it hasn’t had a collective market that makes pursuing them all a piece of cake.
Fortunately, this is all about to change on May 24th, thanks to a farmers market including vendors, a chef incubator, and beer garden opening up in Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, and 1441 Woodward Ave. Vendors in the parks will be set up in a split of two six-week periods. There will also be 12 vendors at 1441 Woodward from May 24th-August 31st.
With so many shops to explore, it can be overwhelming to pick and choose which ones you want to prioritize visiting. To get the most out of your time here, I’ve come up with a list of five vendors that are absolute must-haves to drop by.
This is the perfect place to stop when the need for a quick sugar rush starts kicks in. Detroit Dough was founded in 2017 as a way to satisfy your sweet tooth in the form of safe-to-eat cookie dough. The dough comes in classic flavors ranging from Chocolate Chip to Peanut Butter with fun size names like “Just a Taste” and “No, I’m Not Sharing.” If you have an insane sweet tooth like me, this is easily one of the first vendors you have to visit.
If you couldn’t guess by the endearing pun, Front & Scenter is a candle brand featuring custom soy and coconut wax blends with 100% cotton wicks, which makes them totally environmentally-friendly. Selling candles with names like “Baecation” and “Queen Bee,” finding a fragance you’ll love to burn throughout the summer won’t be difficult. Ranging from 4-8 oz., these candles make perfect last-minute gifts for any outdoor party you’ll attend this season— or just as little treats for yourself.
Balancing between work, coffee dates, and workouts is never easy, but Purpose Planner makes organizing your life look endlessly cool. Founded in 2016 as a way to empower women through trendy stationary, Purpose Planner sells everything from regular daily planners to desk notepads. With go-get-‘em slogans like “Oprah won’t be the only one” and “Reclaiming my time” written on their products, this stationary reminds you to embrace #girlpower in everyday life.
If cookie dough wasn’t sweet enough for you and the sweltering heat makes ice cream sound irresistible, then a stop by Cool Jacks is necessary. Serving up elaborate ice cream sandwiches with nine ice cream flavors and 17 cookie flavors, it’s easy (and fun!) to find any combo of sugar that sounds best to you. The Sylvan Lake-based shop is also available for party booking too, so if they have you hooked like they have me, it’s easy to hit them up for all your summer get-togethers.
If you’re anything like me, you have a slight obsession with clothes. Ferne Boutique is the go-to stop to fuel this addiction, selling (arguably) the cutest clothes in the Detroit area. The best part about Ferne? They’re super affordable too, with sundresses as low as $49. They have trendy size-inclusive fashion line, and I’m always a supporter for any brand who liberates women of all shapes and sizes.
While exploring the entirety of this brand-new market is a must, make sure to stop by these five vendors in order to make the most out of your visit. Only downside? You’re bound to spend a bit more time there than planned, but don’t worry, I’ll be right there with you.